Monthly Archives: August 2010

GRINNY GRANDAD: Good Girl (A Skillz remix) 7” – 2010 – Single review

Rating: ★★★★★

In which A Skillz transforms the somewhat innocent original into a rather more naughty slice of brassy, beat-heavy funk, mainly by speeding it up by 10 bpm or so and adding a bigger drums. Neither factor detracts from singer Kymberley Kennedy’s Aguilera-esque vocal and both render the track guaranteed dancefloor artillery. The fact that this remix is accompanied by a video featuring a fat bloke whose bitch tits wobble while he does an uprock (see below) coupled with the fact that they got A Skillz to actually do a remix in the first place makes it clear that here is a band who possess canny twenty-first century marketing skills. You would expect little else from an outfit who have apparently been featured on the GTA soundtrack. I wouldn’t know about that as I abhor violence and computer games. Muthafucker.

Listen to Grinny Grandad – Good Girl (A Skillz remix)

Grinny Grandad – Myspace

A Skillz – Myspace

BIG M PRODUCTIONS: Banging Artists Vol. 6

Rating: ★★★½☆

It’s ‘Volume 6’ o’clock in Nufunk land at the minute and Big M beat Manmade Records to the draw by dint of fact that this is already out. Funnily enough Manmade label bosses CMC & Silenta turn up on the first track on which they give Papa Was A Rolling Stone a disco-breakin makeover. Then you’ve got Breakbeat Junkie throwing a multitude of ingredients into the nufunk melting pot and Hayz feeding beat steroids to the Happy Mondays. So far, so nufunk by numbers. Happily Ewan Hoozami rocks up at the end with the beefy Drinking Song, a collision of hefty scattershot drums, chopped up ancient scratchy vocal and a cheeky little homage to Rage Against The Machine after a ridiculously long breakdown. Watch this man!
(Out now on Big M Productions)

Listen to Big M Productions – Banging Artists:Vol. 6

Big M Productions – Myspace

MANMADE RECORDS: Feature Funk Vol. 6

And I thought August was supposed to be a slack month for music. You know how it is – artists and the public alike off at festivals indulging in free love and expensive drugs (if not expensive love and free drugs) and nobody seeing any point in releasing anything until September restores sanity. Apparently not this August though for Manmade deliver volume 6 of their ongoing Feature Funk series and its another good-time, floor-filling package of bootlegs from the cheesier end of the nu-funk spectrum. What you get is hands-in-the-air, big-club breakbeat restylings of Hit The Road Jack, The Velvelettes He Was Really Saying Something, a very cheeky use of The Mohawks Beat Me Til I’m Blue by CMC & Silenta plus a frankly Brie-tinged (or similarly aromatic Lithuanian equivalent) appropriation of Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water. Press guff below links…
Listen to Manmade Feature Funk Volume 6
Manmade Records – Myspace

(PRESS RELEASE) Here we go again…..
Manmade Feature Funk Vol 6 is about to hit ya’ll, expect one of the best Manmade releases so far! 5 banging tracks with different styles and tempo, but they all have some things in common: They’re big, fat, funky and a guarantee to move the party people’s butts.

It starts off with CMC&Silenta’s “Chainsaw Massacre”, a track with elements of 9 tracks, added with own beats, chords and synths and their own way of mashing it all together to a straight cracker. Tom Drummond from down under shows his production skillz again with “Hit it”. He fires a dance floor rocket for all b-boys and NuFunk lovers! Next one is Moodbase from Lithuania with “Put Ya Handz Up”. There’s one appropriate word to describe this crowd-rocking and club devastating bomb: BOOOOM! DUCK DOWN! On the next side we’re happy to feature Spain’s No.1 Breakbeat/Big Beat combo Telephunken. “He Was Really Saying Something” is one of the tracks of their amazing album the guys released 2009, be sure to check that great masterpiece on Juno. Itunes etc..! We decided to give you a bonus track an mm009, a masterpiece of a slow down Hiphop groove perfectly made for a day on the beach like the name said “It’s a beautiful day”. Have fun with Manmade’s new baby and grab a piece of vinyl before they’re all gone!
(Out 9 September 2010 on Manmade)

MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTNL: ‘Record Collection’ LP release details + tracklist

You must have heard the Q-Tip/ MNDR-featuring Bang, Bang, Bang by now so you’ll know that Ronseal has dumped his brass section. Yep, he’s all about the keyboards this year so it looks like he’s poised to do for the eighties synthesiser what Versions did for the horns. Make of that what you will – one can only speculate what instrument he will turn his attentions to next. In the meantime expect a cast of collaborators more star-studded than a Royal Variety Performance (including Ghostface Killah and Boy George), some breakbeats and a lot of noises that make you think it’s 1984 again. Tracklist below press guff…

(PRESS RELEASE) Mark Ronson is back and this time more than ever, he means business – the Business Intl, in fact.

‘Record Collection’ is the third album headed up by the mid-Atlantic muso mastermind and, as usual, he’s bought a host of famous friends and former collaborators along for the ride. The follow up to 2007’s triple platinum ‘Version’ – which sold one million copies in the UK and saw Ronson score the Best Male Solo Artist gong at the Brit Awards – is every bit as impressive as it’s predecessor. This time however, Ronson has made a point of ripping up the rule book that he had written so well. So it’s goodbye to the Dap Kings and their horn-y break downs and au revoir to the innovative cover versions. Instead, Ronson is saying hello to Brooklyn b-boy sonics, swirling retro synthesized sounds and the kind of off-kilter pop sixth sense that it’s impossible not to move to.

Recorded at Dunham studios in Brooklyn and working with vintage keyboards Ronson bought on eBay, the album melds eighties indie to nineties hip hop beats and also sees someone rather special take to the mic… ‘Lose It (In The End)’ was co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums and features rhymes from Ghostface Killah and vocals from Mark Ronson himself. ‘My vocals sound so small next to Ghostface – literally dwarfed when he comes in. But I wanted that song to sound like The RZA sampling a Turtles record and putting a breakbeat on it,’ says Ronson.
It’s not the only track with he sings on, also lending his soft transatlantic tones to the album’s genius title track, a satirical swipe at the music industry and Ronson’s perceived lifestyle, written by Nick Hodgson of the Kaiser Chiefs, and which sees Ronson bemoaning “I drive ‘round cities in a chariot/I get preferential treatment at the Marriott”. Featuring a soaring chorus sung by Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and keyboards from Nick Rhodes, ‘Record Collection’ is one of the album’s stand-out songs on a record packed with them.

The old school flavour of the album is behind much of its charm. ‘The Bike Song’ – co-written by the Zutons’ Dave McCabe and with laid back, but never lazy, vocals from The View’s Kyle Falconer – boasts an almost psychedelic sixties vibe while the warm doo-wop of ‘The Night Last Night’ is brought to glorious life by former Pipette Rose Elinor Dougall. ‘I wanted to get that Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons’ Beggin’ feeling, that really haunting, barbershop-type harmonies over a heavy drum break,’ explains Ronson.

Rose also features on ‘You Gave Me Nothing’, another track co-written by Jonathan of The Drums. Appearing alongside Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt, it’s an anti love song, the tale of a warring couple set in front of an sumptuous eighties synth backdrop. ‘Somebody To Love Me’ is another highlight. Jake Shears of Scissors Sisters, Cathy Dennis, erstwhile Dirty Pretty Thing Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt all had a hand in writing what Ronson describes as a ‘bionic’ song. Then he persuaded Boy George, at his most cracked diva-esque, to sing this song of ‘earnest blue-eyed soul’ and a lost club classic with a modern twist. It’d be a mistake not have ‘Record Collection’ in yours.

Mark Ronson & The Busines Intl – Record Collection – Tracklist
1. ‘Bang Bang Bang’ (feat. Q-Tip & MNDR)
2. ‘Lose It (In The End)’ (feat. Ghostface Killah)
3. ‘The Bike Song’ (feat. Kyle Falconer)
4. ‘Somebody To Love Me’ (feat. Boy George)
5. ‘You Gave Me Nothing’ (feat. Andrew Wyatt & Rose Elinor Dougall)
6. ‘The Colour Of Crumar’
7. ‘Glass Mountain Trust’ (feat. D’Angelo)
8. ‘Circuit Breaker’
9. ‘Introducing The Business’
10. ‘Record Collection’ (feat. Simon Le Bon & Wiley
11. ‘Selector’
12. ‘Hey Boy’
13. ‘Missing Words’
14. ‘The Night Last Night’ (feat. Rose Elinor Dougall)

CHART – AUG. 2010

1. (NEW) Leisure Allstars feat. Lady Chann – Friday Night (Mr Benn ‘Saturday Morning’ retox)
Dutty-skankin’ remix of the Allstars/ Chann cut.

2. (1) Mr Benn – Police (Magic Fly remix)
Rude skanking remix of the lairy A side riddim.

3. (NEW) Hell Rell & JR Writer & Juelz Santana & Jim Jones & 40 Cal – Dipset Symphony
Dipset ditch Cam’ron for ‘Too Hard To Handle’-sampling boom-bap banger.

4. (NEW) Ewan Hoozami – Drinking Song
Huge funky scattershot beats and big, big horns.

5. (3) Boca 45 – Bottles In The Air
Reverb heavy floor filler.

6. (NEW) Mark Ronson & The Business Intnl – Bang, Bang, Bang
Give in to it and get your eighties-crossed-with-your-21st century-breaks on.
ListenRead Review…

7. (6) Smov & Dedy Dread – No Diggin
Sixties Motown/ Bossa beat-crosser Black Street refix.

8. (NEW) Recordkingz feat. Joell Ortiz – Take A Walk With Me
Latest prime cut from last year’s superb LP.

9. (NEW) Protoman & Bleubird – Guns Don’t Kill People (Florida Does)
The ‘gunshine state’ gets rinsed boom-bap style.

10. (2) Orgone – The Last Fool
Full funk flames. First track on new LP.